Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

First impressions of Trello (the new product from fogcreek)

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We are generally big fans of Fogcreek (we even have the teeshirt!). Generally they produce products which hit the sweet spot of being affordable, very well-designed, professionally supported and great at making us more productive.

So when they announced a new product this week we signed up to try it…

Trello is a very slick web application for lists. It runs in a Browser and you can invite anyone to join your board. Your board can contain lists and you can add items to each list. I use lists to organise my day and I have already switched from my Notepad list to Trello – everyone can see my lists, and I can reorder or drag items between lists very easily. As well as list for my todo list, I have lists for meetings and various projects. Everyone can see these (and the view updates in real time as someone changes). I have been experimenting with using it for alsorts such as our todo lists.

Items on lists also act a little like cases in Fogbugz – I can link them to people, attach files and notes. A history is also kept of all activity. I do not think Trello can replace Fogbugz but it is a very slick tool for general organisation (much more intuitive and easy to use). I think Joel could have another winner on his hands!

There is 1 thing I would really like to see in Trello…

Can we have fogbugz integration? I would love a frontend in Fogbugz like Trello because it is so easy and intuitive. It would be wonderful if I could populate a List with a filter from Fogbugz (like todays cases or unassigned) and manipulate them in Trello mode.

As you can probably tell, I am very impressed. What do you think of Trello?



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Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

3 Replies to “First impressions of Trello (the new product from fogcreek)”

  1. Mark,

    I agree with you. Trello is very cool. I’m looking forward to using it at work as well as managing some of my many current home improvement projects.

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